Song Yi, Yin Tao, Zhao Jinmai’s Astringent Girls releases stills

Song Yi as marriage-crazy Dai Xixi

Yet another female ensemble drama, Astringent Girl, finished up filming and released its first set of stills. Of all the upcoming female ensemble dramas, this one and Nothing by Thirty have my favorite casts, so I’m really hoping it’ll be good. Can’t tell much so far other than the lighting and costumes look solid.

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Review: The Lovebirds is the underrated rom-com that never loses its cute

Not only are the romances adorable, but the family interactions of the Shi family always brings a smile to my face. “Sister-in-laws” Zhao Liying and Zhou Fang remain bff’s to this day due to the drama.

Zhao Liying has grown into such a versatile actress with a plethora of solid dramas under her belt, but she’ll always have a special place in my heart as the spritely Su Huan’er in The Lovebirds 错点鸳鸯/戏点鸳鸯. With a low-budget and almost no big names at the time, The Lovebirds is like a good web-production before they were a thing. The set is bare and the costumes are cheap, but the cast is adorable and the interactions are cute X 1000.

The two-part drama series is split into the two parts, each very loosely adapted from a separate book by Xi Juan (Wrong Carriage, Right Groom). The first half originally told of a timetraveller who accidentally becomes the newly-wed wife of a warlord of the Shi family while the second tells of a crossdressing inspector who seeks refuge under the Shi family while seeking revenge for her father.

The Lovebirds is available with English subs here.

Zhao Liying as Su Huan’er:

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Drama Review: Joy of Life Eps 1 – 10


I have so much to say about the new Chinese drama Joy of Life 庆余年. As a fan of the original fiction as well as the author Maoni, I am satisfied with its skillful adaptation of the novel and the tight plot. The casting seems fantastic because this drama features a lot of big names such as Chen Daoming, Li Xiaoran, and Wu Gang.  I would rate a 9 out of 10 based on the first ten episodes. 

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Promo Round-up: The Listener

Mystery thriller The Listener 心灵法医 stars Nie Yuan (Legend of Haolan) as a successful medical examiner who harbours his own secrets. Song Yi (Entrepreneurial Age) costars as the head of the criminal investigations unit with Lu Fangsheng (Longest Day in Chang’an) as her second-in-command.

The 36 episode drama is adapted from Zhu Mingchuan’s Listening to the Dead and releases 2 eps every Mon to Thurs on iQiyi beginning tonight.

Teaser with overly-dramatic BGM

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